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Pictorial Essay

Hosted by Engineering and Society

This is a TIMESLOT FREE event!
Projects are displayed all day while you participate in other competitions. Does not use up any A Team choices.

Maximum number of teams = 30

1. Each school may enter one or two teams maximum.
2. Teams consist of 1 or 2 students from the same school.

NOTE: THIS EVENT IS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE OLYMPICS DAY and submitted before 9 am on that day of the Olympics (instructions below).

Explore an aspect of the technology-society relationship through a pictorial 'essay'. Participants (teams of 1 or 2) are to communicate, through original art and/or photographs, a statement/thesis about some aspect of the relationship between technology and society.

Some examples:

  1. The automobile as architect of cities.
  2. How culture is reflected in computer technology.
  3. Housing around the world.

But don't limit yourself to these!

The 'essay' can ask a question, make a statement, or illustrate a case-study. A limited number of words may be used on the art and/or photography.


Pictorial essay can cover less than but NOT MORE than 0.6 m x 0.6 m surface area (hardboard, plywood, etc.) Any three dimensional (3-D) elements MUST be restricted to 0.4 m in the third dimension. This will be strongly enforced and if these conditions are not met, your project will be subjected to a 10 point demerit (loss) for not meeting the criteria.

  1. Entries MUST be registered in advance (online registration form). No same day entries accepted!
  2. Two entry limit per school.
  3. Title, name of entrants, grade, school and a brief 200-word text version of your 'essay' must be included in a 10 cm x 10 cm area in the bottom right-hand corner.(Criteria must be met or points will be lost.)
  4. The display must be able to stand on its own on a flat table.

Teams must set up in the designated area before the Opening Ceremonies ( 9:00 am). The location is John Hodgins Engineering building (JHE), room 328. (The side door of JHE off College Crescent.)


Each entry will be assessed by official Faculty of Engineering judges. They will be asking themselves the following four questions, each worth 25% of the total score:

  1. How well is the essay put together?
  2. How creative is the piece?
  3. How thought-provoking is the thesis/statement?
  4. How clear is the thesis/statement without reading the text version?

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